The Catskill Witch, by Charles M. Skinner

Indian Witch

New York-born Charles Montgomery Skinner (1852-1907) was an American journalist and author who compiled several collections of American folklore. According to Wiki, “He hoped to combine folklore conventions with New England transcendentalism to keep alive traditions endangered by the industrial age.”

The Catskill Witch, by Charles M. Skinner {3:28}

The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee, by Honoré de Balzac

Balzac

Coffee was novelist Honoré de Balzac’s elixir and his downfall. In this essay, he explains the right way to drink it – but only for “men of excessive vigor, men with thick black hair and skin covered with liver spots, men with big square hands and legs shaped like bowling pins.” All others do so at their own risk…

The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee, by Honoré de Balzac {8:39}

A Proposal to Girdle the Earth, by Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly

Summer is vacation time, but some among us aren’t content with a week or two at the beach, but go all out. Journalist Nellie Bly, for example, thought it would be relaxing to “girdle the earth” in under eighty days, using Victoria era technology. In those simpler, pre-Facebook days, “travel” still meant something!

This excerpt is taken from Bly’s book Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, first published in New York in 1890.

A Proposal to Girdle the Earth, by Nelly Bly {15:22}